Former Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff made her directorial debut at Cannes this year with #Horror, a post-Internet thriller starring Chloë Sevigny, Taryn Manning, Natasha Lyonne, Lydia Hearst and a suburban six-pack of 12-year-old girls.
The unsettling film’s storyline centers on the impossibility of avoiding bullies in the accessible age of social media and technology—a topic Subkoff said was inspired by asking her friend’s daughter the question, “What is horror to you?” Where previous generations might’ve answered that question with childlike innocence, the daughter divulged her experience of escaping cyber-bullying by moving continents and enrolling in English boarding school, only for the bully to follow her there. “Now, I was bullied badly as a kid, but I could always change schools,” Subkoff said. “I could always go home. Now you can’t…”
Aside from #Horror’s very relatable, disturbing subject matter, the film looks beautifully art directed; it takes place in a dreamy, glass mansion that’s packed with fine art from Rob Pruitt and Urs Fischer. Even the more chilling clips, like blood spilling into a backyard pool or Sevigny manically screaming in the driver’s seat are undeniably alluring. Watch the official trailer, below.